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Development of an Ergonomic Syringe Adapter

An ergonomic assessment conducted by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) revealed that there is a moderate to high risk of injury to the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow of B.C. Cancer Agency (BCCA) nurses who administer chemotherapy drugs using large volume syringes. The researchers set out to design and develop an ergonomic syringe adapter to help eliminate awkward hand and wrist postures, and to reduce hand-grip force so that risk of injury for users is prevented or reduced

The project included an evaluation of the syringe adapter to quantify the reduction in level of risk in comparison to the prevailing method of drug administration. Other factors were evaluated to determine the success of the solution, including: user acceptance, ease-of-use, functionality, performance, safety (to caregiver and patient), and hygiene

Principal Investigator: Rick Hall (Vancouver Coastal Health - PHSA)
Co-investigators: Dennis Schweers (Children’s &Women’s Hospital), Nigel Halsted, Yvette Jones (BCIT), Patrick Rebstein (BC Cancer Agency)
Funding Awarded: $49,956 (Innovation)

Competition Year: 2010 File type: PDF (408 KB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2010-IG14